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Pozole - Maia (AKA 'La Gringa') is a mixed-raced Latina woman who grew up on the white side of life. When she returns to reconnect with her Mexican roots on her grandma's birthday, she accidentally causes the death of the family's vibrant matriarch. A beacon of death and destruction, she must now fight to find her place in her family, heritage, and her own mother's heart. (Albuquerque, NM)
Ruda - Stuck indoors, instead of battling imaginary villains, adventurous Aurora must help her grandmother, the local curandera, ease the pains and ailments of neighbors and family. Only when she herself needs some healing does she recognize the real superhero. Clara Luz - A painter struggles to find her identity when diagnosed with macular degeneration. Winner of the 2019 Femme Frontera Film Grant. (Las Cruces, NM)
La Lucha Sigue - A brief portrait of María de Jesús Patricio Martínez in Mexico City as she campaigned for the presidency of Mexico. The first indigenous women in Mexico's history to run for the position and, although she did not win, the campaign has been marked as a success with helping bring light to issues surrounding women and the indigenous communities of Mexico. (Los Angeles, CA / her dad's family is from El Paso)
The Cage - As a humanitarian aid worker in South Texas I decided to make this film to uncover the realities of the crisis of migrant death in Brooks County through the words of a rancher who has seen it all. (Portland, OR)
Te Diré - Dedicado a la cultura, a las ruinas, y a la nostalgia. Grabado en el Antiguo Cine Victoria donde mi mamá veía películas cuando era niña. *Dedicated to culture, ruins, and nostalgia. Recorded at the Old Victoria Cinema where my mother watched movies as a child. (Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico)
Woman at the End of the World Set in a post-apocalyptic scenario, "The Woman at the end of the World" tells the story of Benedita and the girl Lua, two black women who Sueños - A woman dreams of an earthquake moments before it hits, saving her life. The inspiration for the project came from the recent earthquakes in her dream, the earthquake symbolizes coming out and queer desire. It is a moment in her life that is shifting the very ground beneath her feet. (Las Cruces, NM)
Starving Souls - Based on El Paso author, Benjamin Alire Saenz' series “Meditations on Living in the Desert,” the film turns to memory and heritage as it directly confronts matters of faith, civil rights, and contemporary politics—always with the unrelenting moral urge to speak truth and do something. (El Paso, TX)


  • Ana do Carmo,

    21 years old, is a brazilian female director. She studies Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts at Federal University of Bahia, in which she specializes at Cinema and Audiovisual studies. In 2016, graduated at "SAGA - School of Game, Art and Animation" and co-founded a small filmmaking company called "Saturnema Filmes". She's member of "Gran Maître Films" independent cinema collective, works as filmmaker in the literature project "Lendo Mulheres Negras" and as monitor at "LabAv - Laboratório de Audiovisual" at FACOM (Communication Faculty of Federal University of Bahia). Wrote and directed in 2017 the short film "The Box of 4 Rooms", selected to festivals in and outside of Brazil. In the same year co-directed the short film "Moon Seeds" (selected to the Short Film Corner category in Cannes Film Festival) and the short film "Reverse" (winner of the "Festival do Minuto" in Brazil). Em 2019, co-wrote and directed "The Woman at the end of the World", currently in distribution process. Ana do Carmo develops in her work, black female protagonism. Besides screenwriter and director, Ana do Carmo also works as director of photography and editor.

  • Angie Reza Tures

    Angie has worked in independent film since 2003 after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Media Studies and minor in Music. For twelve years, she worked as a producer, director, and editor in the Bay Area mentoring under Oscar-nominated and Sundance award-winning documentary filmmakers. Her awards in filmmaking include a 2012 Best Film made by an Adult at the San Francisco WritersCorps Poetry Projection Project Film Festival and a selection as semi-finalist for Best Art Short Film at the 2016 EQUUS Film Festival in New York City. Since 2011, Angie has lived and worked in El Paso serving as the Executive Director of Femme Frontera.

  • Henry Alberto

    Born and raised in Miami, FL. Latinx filmmaker Henry Alberto is a recipient of a Skowhegan Artist Residency, a Yaddo fellowship, and a Latino Screenwriting Project. They are an alumnus of the Outfest Screenwriting Lab and recently included in the inaugural Latinx List by the Black List. Henry wrote the award-winning short film “She Kills He” which aired on Logo, and was voted “Best Short Film” by viewers while the Miami Short Film Festival awarded it “Best Local Film”. They directed and wrote the short film “Rubber Duckie”, which screened worldwide and was distributed internationally. Their experimental feature film “Hara Kiri” made it’s World Premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival and was acquired for distribution in the US/Canada and Germany. Their other works have screened at festivals and at various spaces worldwide including the Queens Art Museum, Ateliê 397, New Orleans Film Festival, Indie Grits, Rhode Island International, Cleveland International, Outfest, Frameline, and more. Producing credits include Whittier Boulevard and most recently, co-produced Girls Weekend, which made its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019. Henry has also written, directed and produced queer and Latinx inclusive theater. They were recently featured in Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Towleroad, We Are Mitú and more. Their debut book I Hate This About Me includes personal narratives and affirmations for youth. It was released by GenderFail Publications in September 2018. Presently, Henry is working on the film adaptation of the award-winning young adult novel “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, with producers Big Swing Productions.

  • Jazmin Harvey

  • Laura Bustillos Jáquez

    Laura Bustillos Jáquez is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from the border of Mexico and the United States. As a transnational woman of color, she focuses on telling stories about immigration and social reconstruction movements within the U.S.-Mexico border, Africa, the Caribbean, and the world. Laura graduated with a BA in Visual Journalism and a special recognition from Brooks Institute in Ventura, California. She then obtained a David Lynch MA in Film at Maharishi University in 2015. She is currently based in New York City / Ciudad Juarez-El Paso (U.S.-Mexico Border).

  • Lia Smaka

    Lia Smaka is a photographer/filmmaker/ humanitarian aid worker seeking to increase awareness of the crisis of migrant death and suffering along the US/Mexico border. Her new photo series, Palomino, is a collection of photographs taken March-April 2019 in Southern Arizona that highlights the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert, a corridor where thousands of people have died attempting to cross from Mexico into the United States. The intention of this work is to provide a window into the reality of the Southern Border to people who otherwise would have no visual connection. Her first film “The Cage” is an official selection of Oaxaca FilmFest, MINT film festival, and Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase among others. The film won the Platinum Award for Best Documentary Short in the Independent Shorts Awards in April, 2019 as well as an Honorable Mention for Short Documentary in The Florence Film Awards in June, 2019.

  • Brenda Contreras

    renda Contreras (Los Angeles, 1984) is an artist, filmmaker, curator, and educator. She lives in a state of Nepantla or "In Between" - navigating through the constructs of imagined borders within Turtle Island. Contreras' ideas center around geography, memory, transgenerational trauma & the body, language and lack thereof; utilizing primarily 16mm, super 8, and archival footage. Southern California, San Francisco, El Paso / Juárez, Mexico City, Nayarit, and New York City have all been home and shape the backdrop of both the imagined and observed worlds within her films. Contreras' work has screened at various micro-cinemas, theaters, colleges and alternative spaces including the San Francisco MUNI Rail Lines, REDCAT, Artists' Television Access, Laboratorio Experimental de Cine, Echo Park Film Center, Ditch Projects, Cineteca Nuevo León, Northwest Film Forum, LaborBerlin, Millennium Film Workshop, Dartmouth College, and with the Collectif Jeune Cinéma. From 2009-2011 she co-curated a traveling film festival called Cut + Run. She is currently the Tour Coordinator for Los Angeles Filmforum's ISM ISM ISM touring film series on experimental cinema from Latin America and serves as a co-op member at the Echo Park Film Center.

  • Lauren Flores

    Lauren Flores - Born in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Lauren found solace and purpose through feminism, creative fulfillment through theater and ballet, and shared her voice by penning personal essays and short stories. Eventually, these various interests collided when she entered college. She was accepted into New Mexico State University’s Digital Film Making program, where she found that she was able to nurture each of her creative and personal ideals through film by producing and writing films from interesting and marginalized perspectives.

  • Vicky Ponce

    Originally from Michoacán, Mexico, Maria Victoria Ponce is a San Francisco Bay Area film writer/director. She grew up in Richmond, California, a multicultural enclave that inspires her work to celebrate working-class neighborhoods and diversity. Ponce is currently in development of two features, Hella AquaNet and Washing Elena; each portrays a strong, unapologetic Latina looking to find herself in a world constantly telling her she doesn’t belong. Ponce is a NALIP Latino Media Market fellow for her project Hella AquaNet. Her project Washing Elena has been selected for the Latino Screenwriting Project, a Cine Qua Non Lab fellowship 2018, and most recently was one of five participants at Tribeca/AT&T Untold Stories 2019. Washing Elena is currently on the Black List's inaugural Latinx List, a curated collection of the most promising scripts about the Latino experience, written by, for, and about the Latinx community. Ponce gives back to Bay Area community through her filmmaking program at Grant Elementary School in Richmond, California. Ponce is an artist resident at SFFILM Filmhouse and has served on SFFILM's Time Warner Diversity committee.

  • Jessica Mendez Sisqueiros

    essica Mendez Siqueiros is a Mexican-American writer/director & actress seeking to normalize complex & authentic narratives about the Southwest Mexican-American community through film. Her filmmaking style is highly cinematic and composed, described by Remezcla as "reclaiming a vision of storytelling often only associated with white creators". Her debut short film Pozole is an official selection of SIFF, LALIFF, Indy Shorts, and over 30 film festivals to date. The film took home the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short Film (Comedy) at Cinequest, qualifying for the 2020 Academy Awards. Selected as a director mentee in the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program, she is currently directing her next short film under the guidance of Lena Waithe. Her first feature film Reforma delves into the colorful, complicated world of a young Latina woman in La Reforma (the Tucson, AZ projects) in the 1960's. Reforma is currently in development & seeking funding with the support of NALIP's Latino Media Market.

April 4, 2020
Sat 4:30 PM CDT

Duration 2H 0M

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